Crew & Boss Eye Associates strives to provide you with quality care that fits into your budget. For the convenience of our patients we accept VISA, MasterCard and Discover. We are a preferred provider for some insurance companies, and will be happy to file claims for you. For more information, please speak with a member of our financial team.
Q. I have Medicare coverage, why do I have to pay out of pocket for a refraction? What is a refraction?
A. Medicare does not pay for routine vision exams. A routine vision exam is when a patient has no medical complaints with their eyes and just want their vision checked. Medicare will pay for medical and surgical eye care only. Medical and surgical eye care includes treatment for diseases such as glaucoma, diabetes, cataracts, eye infections, and any other eye related problem.
A refraction is the test used to determine your best-corrected vision and may be necessary during a medical eye exam. Medicare will not pay for the refraction portion of an eye exam. Anything Medicare does not cover becomes the patient’s responsibility. If a refraction is done in the course of your exam, you will be asked to pay the $30.00 refraction charge at the end of your office visit.
Q. I recently had my eyes examined for new glasses. Now I think I have something medically wrong with my eyes. Will my medical insurance cover another office visit?
A. Many patients delay seeing their eye doctor thinking Medicare or their insurance will not cover their eye care. Medicare and most insurance plans cover office visits especially for glaucoma, diabetes, cataracts and other medical conditions that can directly affect your eyesight.
Q. My regular doctor is sending me to your doctors to treat a specific medical problem with my eyes. Will my health insurance cover something like this?
A. If your primary care physician refers you to one of our doctors for a medical reason most health insurance policies will cover the visit. It may be a good idea for you to check with your insurance company first if you have questions about your coverage.
Q: How much is a routine eye exam?
A: For a routine, non-medical eye exam, for a new patient, the cost is $70. For an existing patient, the cost is $65. If we participate with your vision insurance, we are more than happy to bill your exam cost to them for you. You will be responsible for any copays as dictated by your insurance.
If you see one of our medical doctors for a medical diagnosis, we would bill your medical insurance for your visit.